Timeline

1955

Don Price establishes, owns and manages the Buffalo Rodeo in Buffalo, Minnesota and hires Bob Barnes from Cherokee, Iowa with Barnes PRCA Rodeo to provide the livestock. Barnes PRCA Rodeo has continuously been the only stock contractor for 64 years with the second (Marty Barnes) and third generation (Westin Barnes) operating the family business.

1956

1965

After ten years of remarkable growth, Don Price realizes the Buffalo Rodeo was too large for one man to handle and transferred ownership to the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce.

1970

The fifteenth anniversary marked the permanent rodeo grounds being built on the current site near the Buffalo airport and civic center.  The rodeo grounds consist of 20 acres with bleachers, rodeo arena, and historical wooden bucking chutes. The arena was then referenced as the Buffalo Sports Arena. 

1979

Second generation stock contractor Marty Barnes judges the rodeo due to being sidelined from competition with a broken arm.

1987

1988

Ty Murray competes during his rookie season. In 1988 Murray won the PRCA Overall Rookie of the Year and Bareback titles. Ty Murray "The King of Cowboys" would go on to be a 9x World Champion Cowboy; 1989-94, '98 All-Around; '93, '98 Bull Riding.

1989

Bull Rider Lane Frost competes for the last time in Minnesota. Westin Barnes' mom, Jeanie Hill, recalls Lane coming to the Barnes' trailer to visit and play with her and Marty's son who was just a toddler at the time. Jeanie remembers Lane taking Westin and saying, "We are going to go look at the pen of bulls." This would be the last year Lane Frost competed at the Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo. He was tragically killed a month later during the Cheyenne Frontiers Day following his bull ride in the arena.

1990

To avoid the July heat the Rodeo dates are moved to June. Today the rodeo dates are always the weekend after Father's Day.

1994

Minnesota Governor Arnie H. Carlson proclaims the week of June 20, 1994 - Buffalo Championship Rodeo Week in celebration of their 40th anniversary.

2001

The arena is dedicated the "Lester Daluge Sports Arena".  Named after Lester Daluge a 30-year member of the rodeo committee. 

2003

A new nonprofit "The Buffalo Rodeo Association" is formed and the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce hands over the reins of the Buffalo Rodeo to be operated independently by this group.

2004

The Buffalo Roundup art project helps celebrate 50 years of rodeo. Art Bids total $76,380 at Buffalo's Roundup Auction.

2004

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty proclaims June 17, 2004 Buffalo Championship Rodeo Day in recognition of the 50th Anniversary June 17, 18 and 19, 2004. Whereas - The Buffalo Rodeo is the oldest and largest PRCA rodeo in the state of Minnesota and during the past 50 years, the Buffalo Championship Rodeo has drawn over 600,000 spectators.

2005

The Buffalo Rodeo is presented a plaque on December 1, 2005 at the National Finals Rodeo by the PRCA in recognition of being selected as one of the top seven finalists for the 2005 Small Rodeo of the Year.

2014

High winds damage the wooden bleachers the night before the Buffalo Rodeo. New bleachers are installed right before the rodeo performance.

2016

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Tanner Aus from Granite Falls wins the Bareback Riding.